…is the average amount of time a person spends in the bathroom during their lifetime.
As I type, our plumber is installing three brand new toilets in our almost-ready-to-live-in house. Is it weird that I’m excited about toilets? Probably, but I’m guessing you would be, too, if it meant you were going to be in your house soon. Toilet shopping isn’t as glamorous or exciting as picking out tile or cabinetry, but everybody has to do it at some point. You’re going to spend thousands of hours using this fixture in your lifetime. Therefore, make sure you get one that not only looks great, but functions well.
With that said, when deciding on our toilet of choice, we didn’t really have that many requirements. We wanted our toilet fit in well with the overall feel of the house, so bright white was a necessity. We also prefer an elongated seat as opposed to the “standard” circular toilets that were in the house when we purchased it. The process was far from simply walking in and back out with a toilet 10 minutes later, but it’s nothing to be scared of.
Like I said, we wanted something that would contribute to the overall feel and design of the bathrooms and house as a whole. We went to several places looking for the perfect toilet. While we were shopping around, we stumbled upon one that really fit well with our bathroom, Kohler’s Memoirs Two-Piece, elongated, comfort height toilet in white:
Another thing we like about this particular toilet is that it matches the under-mount sinks we purchased for the master bathroom and hall bathroom. We normally don’t like things all “matchy-matchy” (as Ashley says), but we thought this subtle similarity would be a nice cohesive touch.
When we first decided on this toilet, like any responsible, budget-conscious homeowner, we searched for a better price online. Our initial find was listed at $365. After some Googling, we found listings for the same toilet from $1,303 down to $255. So we marched back up to Home Depot with a printout of our $255 listing in hand, and just as we were hoping, they gladly sold us three toilets for our newly found price of $255 – no questions asked.
One thing we love about this toilet is that it comes as a complete kit in the box. We highly recommend this because it puts everything you need for a clean, tight install right in the box. If you decide to get a plumber like we did, he might use some of his own materials, but it’s nice to know he won’t end up having to stop because he ran out of something or didn’t have a part that fit.
On he plate for this weekend: moving our stuff from Ashley’s parents’ house (where we’ve been living while the renovations have been underway) to our house. We couldn’t be more excited to spend the first night in our new (to us) home! And now we even have new toilets! Woo Hoo!
Toilet shopping photo found here.